Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)

What is CLPPP?

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) follows children with abnormal or high blood lead levels. CLPPP receives reports of abnormal lead results from the State, laboratories, or physicians/clinics who have ordered the test. The program’s Public Health Nurses and Registered Environmental Health Specialists make home visits to families of affected children to try to find the source of lead and to provide education about lead poisoning. Program staff also coordinate health care for affected children, conduct follow-up visits when needed, and provide outreach and educational presentations to the community and professionals.

Parents who are concerned about childhood lead poisoning should talk to their child’s doctor. People who do not have a doctor may call the:

Health Referral Line
(800) 564-8448
TDD (phone for the hearing impaired)
(800) 801-7100

Lead testing is included as part of a comprehensive
Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) health check-up or visit.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

P.O. Box 6099, Room 116-G
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Telephone (714) 567-6220
Fax (714) 834-7948

The Problem with Lead

 Some 250,000 American children aged one to five years have blood lead levels higher than the level considered normal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High blood lead levels are a concern because they may cause harmful effects to a child’s developing organ systems such as the kidneys, brain, liver, and blood-forming tissues. This may affect a child’s ability to learn.

Very high blood levels can cause devastating health consequences, including seizures, coma, and even death. Children are much more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults because they put many kinds of items into their mouths. Their bodies absorb up to 40% of the lead with which they come into contact as opposed to only 10% absorbed by adults. Lead enters the body through breathing or ingestion.

Possible sources of lead

The causes of lead exposure for recent Orange County cases included:

  • Living in an older home painted with lead-based paint
  • Ceramic pottery from other countries
  • Lead-based paint dust from a household contact’s work clothing children photo
  • A home remedy
  • A crib painted with lead-based paint

Lead has also been found in other surprising places, such as:

Renovate Right brochure - download PDFLead in Construction Information

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Until that time, EPA recommends that anyone performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools follow lead-safe work practices.

All contractors should follow these three simple procedures:

  • Contain the work area
  • Minimize dust
  • Clean up thoroughly

More information: EPA Renovation, Remodeling, and Paint Information

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California Lead in Construction RegulationsProtect Your Family From Lead In Your Home poster

The California Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch administers programs related to lead-based paint and the construction industry, including accreditations, certifications, and enforcement and regulatory compliance for lead hazard evaluations and abatement projects.

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